Hundreds Come Together to Clean Up Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) UPDATED (2:34 p.m.) Clipping hedges, picking up trash, painting murals – West Florissant was a beehive of activity Monday morning as hundreds hit the pavement in and around Ferguson for a massive clean-up event.

KMOX host Charlie Brennan spearheaded the effort.

Roy Gillespie, of Teamsters Local 600, said volunteers tallied close to 400.

“A lot of groups are bringing 30, 40 people together – busloads,” he said Monday morning. Volunteers included Republican and Democratic aldermen and legislators working together – something Gillespie “didn’t think [he] was ever going to see.”

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and McDonald's franchise owner Jimmy Williams talk in Ferguson. KMOX’s Charlie Brennan lead a clean-up effort on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on July 27, 2015. (Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and McDonald’s franchise owner Jimmy Williams talk in Ferguson. KMOX’s Charlie Brennan lead a clean-up effort on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on July 27, 2015. (Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

PHOTOS: KMOX’s Charlie Brennan Leads Ferguson Clean-Up Day

John Zisser, owner of Zisser Tire, said his sales on West Florissant have improved a little, “but we’re still way behind. Probably, anywhere from 10 to 30 percent on any given day.”

“We just need people and traffic and people to come up to West Florissant and shop,” Zisser said.

Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones told Brennan that even during the unrest, “at least four or five” new businesses were able to open on West Florissant.

KMOX’s Charlie Brennan lead a clean-up effort on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on July 27, 2015. (Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

KMOX’s Charlie Brennan lead a clean-up effort on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on July 27, 2015. (Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

Monica Jefferson, senior pastor at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, said she was helping with the cause to “remind people that North County is an amazing and wonderful place to live.”

Our previous reporting is as follows:

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, KMOX host Charlie Brennan came up with an idea to help the community bounce back.

“Just driving down West Florissant a couple of weeks ago and thought ‘Wow. It looks as though there is a lot of litter and weeds and overgrown grass and some graffiti,'” Brennan says.

Brennan got with St. Louis City and County officials and organized a clean-up day.

That day is today, from 8:30 until 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers should meet at the site of the old QuikTrip store, 9420 West Florissant Ave.

Brennan says when an area becomes overgrown and littered, nearby businesses and other properties suffer.

“And it also sends the signal that, that kind of behavior is allowed and that anything goes and there isn’t a sense of order,” Brennan says.

Work gloves, bags, and refreshments have been donated.

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